What is ecstasy?
Ecstasy is made in illegal drug labs. Its chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. Other names for ecstasy include: MDMA, Molly, X, E, love drug and others. The ecstasy that is sold on the street is often "cut" (mixed) with other things such as caffeine, ephedrine, amphetamine, ketamine and LSD.
Ecstasy is usually sold in pill or capsule form. Sometimes it has a logo stamped on it such as a butterfly or "X". It can also be sold in powder form and "snorted" (inhaled) or the tablets can be crushed up and snorted. It can also be injected, although this is less common.
Ecstasy first became popular in the 1980s. It was mainly a "club drug" used by people at all night dance parties called raves. In recent years a wider range or people in different settings are using ecstasy.
Ecstasy affects users in different ways depending on:
- how much they use
- how they take it
- their physical make-up
- how often they use it
- what environment they take it in
- if they take any other drugs at the same time
- if they have any medical conditions
What are the effects of ecstasy?
- feelings of pleasure and well-being
- feeling "closer" to others
- sociable and confident
- more energy
- teeth grinding and jaw pain
- sweating, increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- possible anxiety/panic attacks
- blurred vision
- nausea and vomiting
- hallucinations (auditory and visual)
After initial effects have worn off, users may have problems with sleeping or remembering. They may also feel: